Prairie's guard trio 'make us go' once again

Girls' basketball: McDermott, Schmitt, McCrea combine for 64 in Hawks' win over Washington

CEDAR RAPIDS — They are three of a kind, with varied identities.

“Mallory (McDermott), she’s a scorer. She likes to shoot, and she probably gets away with more bad shots,” Cedar Rapids Prairie girls’ basketball coach Josh Bentley said.

“Sarah (Schmitt) is a slasher, a driver, and when you take that away, she can shoot from outside. Sid (McCrea) is the cerebral one. She’s the brains of the operation.”

The scorer, the slasher and the cerebral one combined for 64 points as Class 5A 13th-ranked Prairie outran Cedar Rapids Washington, 72-57, in a Mississippi Valley Conference battle Friday night at Washington High School.

“It was really a fast-paced game, a lot of fun,” Schmitt said. “We knew they were going to pressure us, and we wanted to score when we broke the press.”

Prairie (4-2 overall, 3-1 MVC) took control of the game with a 20-7 second-quarter surge that broke an 18-all tie, and the Warriors (3-2, 2-2) never got closer than six points again.

McDermott led Prairie with 26 points. A University of Nebraska-Omaha commit, Schmitt posted 23 points, seven rebounds and five steals, and McCrea chipped in 15 points and 11 boards.

“Our guards are what makes us go,” Bentley said.

Schmitt said, “We try to all get to double figures, every game. We had a tough loss Tuesday (to Iowa City High), so we made sure Wednesday and Thursday that we were prepared and ready to go tonight.”

Sammy Mia tallied 24 points for Washington on 12-of-15 shooting, and grabbed 10 rebounds.

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“She played great,” Washington Coach Chris James said. “She put forth the effort.

“We just didn’t shoot well enough. When the 3-pointers aren’t falling, it’s hard for us and we start feeling sorry for ourselves.”

Vanessa Eniola added 14 points for the Warriors.

Prairie led, 41-33, at halftime, and started the second half with a 9-2 run to extend the margin to 15. Sydney Mitvalsky’s 3-pointer cut it to 58-50 before the Hawks reclaimed control.

CEDAR RAPIDS PRAIRIE 72, CEDAR RAPIDS WASHINGTON 57

At C.R. Washington

C.R. PRAIRIE (72): Sarah Schmitt 8-19 4-4 23, Sid McCrea 5-11 4-11 15, Makenna Moenk 1-6 2-2 4, Mallory McDermott 10-18 2-3 26, Rachael Kilpatrick 1-2 0-1 2, Jenna Leggat 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 25-59 14-23 72.

C.R. WASHINGTON (57): Caitlin Riley 0-5 2-2 2, Vanessa Eniola 6-11 0-0 14, Isa Truemper 1-3 1-2 4, Sammy Mia 12-15 0-0 24, Jayla Johnson 2-8 2-2 6, Sydney Mitvalsky 3-8 0-0 7, Brittany Postma 0-3 0-0 0, Skyla Atkins 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-54 5-6 57.

Halftime: Prairie 41, Washington 33. 3-point goals: Prairie 8-24 (Schmitt 3-9, McCrea 1-4, Moenk 0-2, McDermott 4-9), Washington 4-20 (Riley 0-4, Eniola 2-5, Truemper 1-3, Mia 0-1, Johnson 0-4, Mitvalsky 1-3). Team fouls: Prairie 7, Washington 18. Fouled out: Riley. Rebounds: Prairie 31 (McCrea 11), Washington 37 (Mia 10). Assists: Prairie 8 (Schmitt, McCrea 3), Washington 11 (Johnson 4). Steals: Prairie 14 (Schmitt 5), Washington 8 (Johnson 3). Turnovers: Prairie 11, Washington 21.

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